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Kate Forbes, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, hopes online workshop will help to 'better inform' vital safety improvements at the deadly junction between the A9 and B9161 Munlochy road on the Black Isle; the special workshop included road experts, Police Scotland officers and community figures


By Philip Murray

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MSP Kate Forbes at the Munclochy Junction on the A9.
MSP Kate Forbes at the Munclochy Junction on the A9.

ROAD experts, police and leading local figures have come together digitally to thrash out ideas to improve a deadly stretch of the A9.

A special online road safety workshop was held on Wednesday which local MSP Kate Forbes hopes will "better inform" proposals for safety improvements at the A9's B9161 Munlochy junction.

The constituency MSP for the Black Isle, who is among those calling for improvements to the notorious junction, was one of around 20 delegates who attended the four-and-a-half hour online workshop. The event was organised by WSP, the consultants tasked by Transport Scotland with drawing up plans to improve road safety on the A9 stretch from North Kessock to Tore.

Following an evidence session where people discussed issues they have seen and experienced, the Black Isle MSP said she hoped the feedback would lead to further road safety improvements.

She said: “The important thing about the Munlochy junction is to continue to build on progress and ensure that there is momentum. That is why this workshop was important.

“It allowed members of the community to express their views directly to the consultants, and I am confident this will significantly inform their future plans.

“Whilst I have been campaigning for improvements for the Munlochy junction for some time, it was also helpful to discuss issues around the Tore roundabout.

“There is no doubt in my mind that significant improvements through this stretch of the A9 are required, and WSP will be factoring all of this back into their final report to Transport Scotland.”

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